2 is more than 4 – on the state of judging in HEMA competitions

2 is more than 4 – on the state of judging in HEMA competitions

Tl;Dr: Less means more; It’s time to stop using judge hives and replace them with pairs of qualified, competent and professional refs/judges with authority; let’s give them more power, let’s make a few changes which could eventually raise the controversial bar of judging everywhere. HEMA tournaments have been thriving for the past few years. A natural evolution within our hobby/sport/martial art has put them on a very prominent spot. Many different rulesets are used around the world. Some use the afterblow, some put emphasis on initiative. Some use weighted scoring, some score everything the same. Some use difficult combinatorics, some are rather simplistic. No matter what ruleset you prefer, no matter how good the original idea behind the rules may have been, every single ruleset usually breaks down on one thing – judging. (viac…)...
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Learn Rapier II – Footwork

Learn Rapier II – Footwork

Tento článok je v angličtine. Preložte ho kliknutím sem. Another entry in the Learn Rapier video series - this time about about footwork in historical Italian rapier. Alfa and Omega are the first and the last letters from the classical Greek alphabet. They’re often used to symbolize that something is both the beginning and the end. And in fencing, everything starts and ends with footwork. THE MYTH OF HEMA FOOTWORK If there was a myth about historical fencing that we should debunk and get rid of in the first place, it certainly would be the concept of HEMA being slow, clumsy and laborious. That is not true. Often it serves as but an excuse to people who are lazy to do some proper practice. Our ancestors were exquisitely athletic – we have so much pictorial and textual evidence since as far we can remember and dug. So no more talking and excuses and let’s get to work! (viac…)...
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Learn Rapier I. – Cutting

Learn Rapier I. – Cutting

Tento článok je v angličtine. Preložte ho kliknutím sem. Welcome to our new video series! Instructional videos are getting more and more popular and thus we decided it's about time we did some as well. And since longsword is currently the most popular topic, we'll start with another fantastic weapon - the renaissance rapier according to Salvator Fabris. Longsword and other weapons will eventually follow. This video is intended for everyone - from beginners to more advanced students of the Art. An academic scholar may point out some important information may be missing or argue that stress might be put elsewhere - and that is entirely true; the important thing is I'd like to make this series regular (as far as my normal life and time will allow me; the production takes quite some time) and to provide all the obligatory, interesting and valuable information one after another. And you, dear reader and subscriber, will have a word and influence over how...
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Umenie šermu majstra Liechtenauera

Umenie šermu majstra Liechtenauera

Keď som v roku 2006 začal s rekonštrukciou pôvodného šermu podľa dochovaných manuskriptov, printov a rôznych traktátov, prvé dielo z tzv. „priamej“ Liechtenauerovej línie, ktoré sa mi dostalo do rúk, bol Cod. 44. A.8 z roku 1452. Vtedy a ešte dnes sa tento manuskript, resp. verzia Zedlu označuje menom Peter von Danzig, čo však nie je úplne presné. Autor komentárov k Liechtenauerovej náuke zostáva anonymný a Peter von Danzig je označovaný iba ako autor posledného krátkeho komentára k Kampffechten, t.j. k súbojovému šermu, ktorého autorom je sám Lichtenauer. Tak či onak, dielo na mňa veľmi zapôsobilo svojim uhladeným štýlom natoľko, že som sa ho naučil čítať v originálnom znení a neskôr slúžilo ako centrálna verzia prvého prekladu, v ktorom som skompiloval niekoľko najznámejších diel v spomínanej línii. O to viac ma neskôr potešilo, že existuje aj obrázková verzia tohto rukopisu, MS Germ.Quart.2020, familiárne známa pod menom Goliáš. Je mi preto veľkou radosťou a cťou uviesť prvý slovenský preklad tohto rozsiahleho diela, ktorý bol pre mňa pred mnohými rokmi úvodnou bránou do sveta pôvodného šermu s dlhým mečom....
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